How to Follow Up after an Interview

Interviews are not over until you complete the “follow up.” Thank-you notes continue to be an important component of a successful job search strategy.

In addition to politely acknowledging the time a recruiter has spent with you, thank-you notes are another opportunity for you to sell yourself. By writing a thank-you note, you have the opportunity not only to leave a favorable impression on the interviewer’s mind, but also to continue to market yourself favorably.

Strong follow up may be the difference in your getting an offer or not. If you are one of two equally skilled potential employees who both fit the organization, sending a professional, error-free thank-you note may tip the scales in your favor.

Hard Copy, Handwritten or Email?

Thank-you notes should be sent within 24 hours to all those with whom you met. It can be in the form of a formal letter, a card, or an email, if you and an employer have primarily communicated by email. Regardless of the form you choose, your thank-you note should be brief and written in a professional tone. Follow these guidelines for writing your thank-you note:

  • Begin by reminding the individual(s) of when the interview took place and the position for which you interviewed.
  • In the first paragraph, thank the employer for his or her time in meeting with you.
  • In the second paragraph, reiterate your interest in the position and specific details about the job that may have been mentioned by the employer. Relate your qualifications to the position and mention anything you feel will set you apart from other candidates.
  • Finally, reiterate your interest in future communication or follow up. Express confidence in your closing, for example, “I look forward to hearing from you soon” rather than “I hope to hear from you soon.”

For sample thank-you letters and additional tips, refer to the “Follow-Up Process” on page 43 of the Career Guide.

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